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Essential Miles recording - shame about the packaging,
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This review is from: The Complete Miles Davis At Montreux 1973-1991 (Audio CD)
Miles' jazz output from 1985 till his death has been largely dismissed by many jazz critics, but I never subscribed to this view, being a big fan of John Scofield and Bob Berg who were integral to the '85 line-up. If you were a Marcus Miller fan then the 1986 and onwards stuff was right up your street. This collection is the ultimate extravagance and the Amazon price is way below high street price and therefore a must have. OK you get multiple versions of the same numbers on different CDs, but that's the beauty. Settle down and listen to an entire gig one night and then a different one the next. Buy the Miles live in Montreal DVD with Sco, Berg, Jones, Irving III and you're all set. My advice is to snap this up at the Amazon price as you won't get a better deal.
A word about the packaging - seriously poor, as the cardboard folders holding 10 CDs each come apart very easily. Considering the price (I think the original retail value justified a mention in the Guiness Book of Records for most expensive album) I think we deserve better.
In summary, well worth having. Traditional fans will hate it, which is understandable as I agree it's never up there with Kind of Blue or In a Silent Way, but it's a phase of Miles that was right for the times. Name another mid-80s jazz album better than You're Under Arrest, OK maybe Blue Matter by Sco. Don't get me started - when is Sco going to stop producing rubbish, bring back Dennis Chambers and get the '88 Loud Jazz line-up back together?
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Initial post: 24 May 2011 06:22:10 BDT
Numinous Ugo says:
Okay but your "If you were a Marcus Miler fan..." is a very big if. I daresay most of us had heard nothing of Mr Miller's output before or since his extremely fortunate (for Miller) appointment to Miles' band
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